The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years for a wide variety of patients. Unlike people, with whom our interactions may be quite complex and unpredictable, animals provide a constant source of comfort and focus for attention. Animals bring out our nurturing instinct. They also make us feel safe and unconditionally accepted. We can just be ourselves around our pets. Animals are tools for therapy because they can make people feel safe and loved when they have been deprived of social interaction. Animals provide comfort and unconditional love.
Physician’s Choice Hospice Pet Therapy Program is for all hospice patients. Our Team and their Volunteer Pet Therapy animals visit patients in their own homes, in assisted living and care facilities. We see such a difference in our patients when our Pet Volunteers visit as they provide comfort and a sense of well-being to our patients. Hospice Pet Therapy utilizes an interdisciplinary team holistic approach to patient care in all areas the patient and their loved ones face. This includes physical comfort, emotional support, mental preparedness, and the sense of everlasting hope that can be found through embracing one’s spirituality. The bond between our pets has aided our patients in facing and dealing with many aspects of dying. The animal/human bond is unconditional. With that bond comes a freedom or empowerment for patients to be able to peacefully and comfortably discuss and resolve issues. During this time their pet or Volunteer Pet sits comfortably on their lap or at the bedside.